Leaked injury reports suggest that Apple is working on AR glasses

Leaked injury reports suggest that Apple is working on AR glasses
Last month, we told you that the often rumored AR glasses reportedly being worked on by Apple are at least one-year away. Apple is quite high on AR right now with none other than CEO Tim Cook stating that Augmented Reality is going to be "huge." Google already tried to take AR to the mainstream with Google Glass, but the whole concept became too complex and expensive, not only for Google, but potentially for consumers as well.

While Tim Cook has made his feelings about the future of AR public, talk about Apple's AR glasses has been just that, all talk. While no smoking gun has been leaked, a couple of incident reports have surfaced and both hint that the company could be working on AR spectacles. One report was about an Apple employee who complained of discomfort in one of her eyes after testing an unnamed prototype device that apparently uses lasers. The employee was referred to an optometrist and the prototype was held aside to be examined. This incident took place on February 21st.

On March 2nd, another employee complained of eye pain after employing a new prototype, and the thought was that the pain was related to the use of the device. The report filed about the incident included this statement, "He noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with."

The use of lasers with an AR device makes sense. One theory is that Apple's AR glasses would include some form of laser tracking of the eyes so that the device can estimate the direction of the wearer's gaze. This could allow the device to change the UI based on what the user is looking at.

Of course, all of this is mere speculation until Apple unveils an actual product. And judging from these incident reports, which were not supposed to be made public, it sounds like this new device has quite a ways to go before it is safe enough to be offered to consumers. And that dovetails perfectly with our previous report, which stated that Apple's rumored AR glasses are at least one-year away.

source: Gizmodo

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24 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Ooooooh. Well google glass wasn't well enough supported and popular to make it worth the $1000 price tag....

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They also have project Tango, or just Tango now. Where a Tango smartphone or Tablet has three different cameras to grab not only the objects that you are focused on, but can grab a series of point maps using the Tango devices depth sensors. Apples using lasers to get an accurate reading of where the users eyes are looking. Qualcomm and Intel both have VR/MR/AR headsets arriving in the fall of this year. Qualcomms headset has 4 cameras, 2 in front, and 2 looking at the users eyes.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Apple has time and time again reported on working on AR as the future, does it really need to be reiterated over and over before real updates are revealed?

5. Unordinary unregistered

It generates money for their dinner. It also brings the hives of people who claim they don't give a damn about Apple, have zero interest in Apple or their products, and always call Apple fanboys "sheep" while continuously going "baaaa baaaaa Apple baaaaAAAaaAaAaaAd!" I'm tired of this AR spam but oh well. Will have to live with it I guess

6. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This post mirrors my exact sentiment almost to the letter. If Apple comes out with a pair of AR glasses in the near future, fine. If not, just as fine.

10. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Looks like it brings in the people who are extremely insecure about criticism towards Apple too. It's working.

12. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Funny, I always think you guys are the insecure ones literally getting offended at apples every move.

15. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I don't give a s**t how successful or unsuccessful Apple is, it doesn't affect me. You tech fanboys are the board game players who get worked up when they are told to shower more than once a month.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait a minute; if you're here, doesn't that make you one of those sweaty comic nerds who doesn't shower as well? I mean, why else would you be here if you didn't enjoy tech? Trolling?

18. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

You have a god complex of sorts, as others have pointed out. I think that's an accurate summary of your posts.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Didn't really answer my question but... okay?

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You never answer anyone's questions that are put to you. And if you try to answer you will put your own twist on a response, or you will go off on a tangent, and bring up something else. Kiko007 is anything but honest.

22. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Kiko doesn't have a god complex...what the heck are you talking about? He just says it like it is, and the lot of you can't handle his brutal honesty.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

No wonder Microsoft is moving hololens veto 2019

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hololens is cool and all, but it's price and the FOV killed it for most. Also MR is much cheaper, because you don't need hololens expensive AR lenses. With MR you can just implement a VR headset with a high FOV. The AR part comes from the cameras that are mounted on this MR headset. Therefore‚Äč you have the best of both worlds. The full immersion of VR and with the cameras AR as well. Hololens also could track your hands and other objects in the immediate vacinity of the headset. The same is also true for some of these new headsets that are coming in the fall.

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

iblind

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Okay I laughed hard as hell at this lol +1

8. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think its great as long as they don't claim they came up with the idea instead of just copying it.

9. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I don't recall Apple ever once claiming they came up with a feature that wasn't new; Apple themselves have even openly admitted that they take existing ideas and perfect them. The 'Apple claimed they invented it!!!' mindset is nothing more than the mentality of salty Android die-hard trolls.

11. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Apple sorta contributes to that misconception, what with 'Rounded Corners'.

13. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Well, they can claim that all others followed that trend.

16. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

You can when you feel the need to defend (any) fortune 500 company.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

+1. Well said. It's all good, until they patent them.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They are the great protectors of the sacred apple.

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